Jeremy Groves | Head Coach
Jeremy Groves was named to lead the Central Michigan soccer program in December, 2018, by Zyzelewski Family Associate Vice President/Director of Athletics Michael Alford. Groves as the sixth head coach in program history.
Originally from Leeds, England, Groves, served as volunteer assistant coach during the 2018 season at Kentucky after leading Murray State to unprecedented success, building the Racer program into a dominant force in the Ohio Valley Conference.
In four seasons under Groves, Murray State posted a sterling 50-21-6 record including 32-3-5 in the OVC. From 2015-17, Murray State went unbeaten (25-0-5) in OVC play, including a spotless 10-0-0 mark in 2015, becoming the first team in conference history to go undefeated in league play.
Groves was named the OVC Coach of the Year in 2015 and in 2017, and led the Racers to three consecutive OVC regular-season championships and two conference tournament titles.
At Murray State, Groves recruited and coached the first and only three-time OVC Offensive Player of the Year, Harriet Withers. During his four years as head coach, Groves' teams featured 14 players who received All-OVC recognition.
Groves' 2017 team posted a program-best 15-2-2 record, which included an 11-game unbeaten streak. MSU attained a program- and conference-record RPI of 21 and received votes in the United Soccer Coaches and TopDrawerSoccer.com national polls for four-consecutive weeks.
From 2010-13, Groves served as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Morehead State, where he helped the Eagles to the OVC regular-season championship in 2010, and league tournament titles in 2010 and in 2013.
Prior to Morehead State, Groves coached at his alma mater, Kentucky. From 2006-07, he was an assistant coach with the women's program, and then assisted with the men's program from 2007-10.
Groves initially played collegiately at Virginia Intermont, earning NAIA All-American honors in 2001, before transferring to Kentucky. In Lexington, Groves was a part of two Mid-American Conference championship squads and the 2003 team which advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Groves earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in kinesiology and business from Kentucky and is working toward his masters degree in teaching, coaching and sports leadership.
Before his collegiate career, Groves played for his hometown club, Leeds United, in addition to Rotherham United and York City.
Groves and his wife, Melissa, have two sons, Aidan and Jaxson.
Taylor Stevens | Assistant Coach
Central Michigan soccer coach Jeremy Groves named Taylor Stevens to an assistant-coaching position in January 2019.
Stevens, who played for Groves when Groves coached at Murray State, served as a graduate assistant in the Racers' program in 2017-18, helping them to two Ohio Valley Conference tournament championships and the 2017 OVC regular-season title.
Stevens was an assistant coach at Southern Indiana in 2016 and has coached at the club, youth and scholastic levels for some five years. She is certified by United Soccer Coaches. Her primary duties on Groves' staff will be in working the goalkeepers, midfielders and strikers.
As a player, Stevens earned First Team All-OVC honors as she helped lead Murray State to OVC regular-season and tournament championships in 2015. She finished her career with 11 goals and 14 assists and held the program record for career minutes played. She was Murray State's NCAA Women of the Year nominee.
She played for the Nashville Wolves of the Women's Premier Soccer League in 2015.
Stevens earned her bachelor of science degree from Murray State with a major in exercise science, graduating magna cum laude with a 3.68 grade point average. She was granted her master's in human development and leadership in December.
Ian Collins | Assistant Coach
Ian Collins was named to an assistant coaching post by Central Michigan soccer coach Jeremy Groves in June 2019.
Collins' resumé includes 19 years as the head men's coach at Kentucky, where he led the Wildcats to seven conference championships, five NCAA Tournament berths, and one Sweet Sixteeen appearance. He guided Kentucky to seven Mid-American Conference titles – four regular season, three tournament – when the Wildcats were members of the league.
He was named a conference coach of the year four times, earned a regional coach of the year award, and was a national coach of the year award nominee. Collins took over the Kentucky program in just its third year of existence and built it into a perennial top-25 program. More than 30 of his former players went on to play professional soccer.
Collins was, at the time, the youngest (22 years old) head coach in NCAA Division I men's soccer history when he took over at Hofstra in 1985. He also served as an assistant at St. John's before taking over at Kentucky.
His resumé includes a stints with FC Pride Soccer Club in Indianapolis, as the director of elite programs; with the Las Vegas Sports Authority, as the director of elite player pathway for females; and the Olympic Development Program. He is certified by US Soccer and the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
Groves played for, and then later coached under, Collins at Kentucky.
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